Transport: affordable luxury - budget cruises

Thanks to the increased popularity of cruises, more than 10 million people travel by ship annually. The choice of ports, cruise lines, ships, itineraries, cabins, and prices can be confusing for the customers, but do professionals in the travel industry have enough understanding of what is going on in the sector? Are we able to give informed advice on itineraries or on suitable options for families with children? Are we capable of analyzing the queries of budget conscious travelers?


How to Research and Purchase a Budget Cruise

Richard Moor

Many would-be first-time cruisers are overwhelmed by the prices, lines and itineraries involved. Some are also amazed at the bite a cruise can take out of your travel budget. All this despite the fact that the Internet makes it easier than ever to pinpoin the trip and cost that will meet your needs. Here are some tips for researching and purchasing a budget cruise trip...

Major Cruise Lines Put a Halt to Bargain Hunting

Daniel A. Tanner

Cruising the Internet and canvassing travel agents for the best deal on your next cruise may not produce the bargains you have been used to in the past. Several of the major cruise lines have decided to stop playing the competitive game to win your vacation dollars by instituting new restrictions on the travel agent's part to discount the deal. Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Celebrity have halted the competitive fighting and put new pricing policies in place...

Choose a Cruise

Michael Trout

Thinking about sailing into the sunset on a honeymoon or romantic-getaway cruise - but feeling a little confused because there are so many ports, cruise lines, ships, itineraries, cabins, and prices to choose from? Unless one is related to a travel agent, all first-time cruise passengers feel that way at first. And it is true that selecting a cruise is more complicated than choosing a resort. But it can also be more fun to vacation on a floating hotel than one that stays in the same place...

Family trips, European ports among trends in cruising

Laura Maudlin

In case you missed it, ice skating rinks, giant trampolines and rock-climbing walls on board ships are old news, along with wine cellars and menus from celebrity chefs. The latest innovations for having fun in the middle of the ocean include a bowling alley aboard Norwegian Pearl, and a Flowrider, which lets you ride an artificial wave, on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. Norwegian Pearl took its inaugural voyage in December, Freedom of the Seas launched last May, and another Royal Caribb...